An Air India flight from Delhi bound for Moscow returned midway on Saturday after the airline’s ground team found out that one of the pilots had tested positive for COVID-19. Media reports said that the matter came to light when the A320 plane had already reached Uzbekistan’s airspace.
The flight was empty as it was heading to Moscow to bring back stranded Indians under Vande Bharat Mission. It was only mid-way into the journey that the ground team realised that one of the pilots had tested positive for COVID-19.
“The flight was immediately asked to return. It came back to Delhi at around 12.30 pm on Saturday,” media reported.
The crew has been quarantined. Another plane will be sent to Moscow to bring back the stranded Indians. The government under the Vande Bharat mission has been bringing back Indians who had been stuck in different countries after international air travel was banned following the pandemic. Initially the flight service was made available only for 12 countries but in the second phase of the repatriation more countries including Russia have been covered.